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Brad Sherman

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Anthony C. Beilenson

Member of the
California Board of Equalization
from the 4th district
In office
Preceded by Conway Collis
Succeeded by John Chiang

Born October 24, 1954 (1954-10-24) (age 55)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Kaplan Sherman
Residence Sherman Oaks, California
Alma mater UCLA, Harvard Law School
Occupation attorney, accountant
Religion Jewish

Bradley J. "Brad" Sherman (born October 24, 1954) is an American politician. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's 27th congressional district. He was born in Los Angeles, California, was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles and later at Harvard Law School. Sherman was a lawyer and accountant before entering the House. He also was elected twice to the California State Board of Equalization. He was reelected for a seventh term as a congressman on November 4, 2008.


Professional and personal life

Sherman worked at a major accounting firm after graduating from college. He performed audits of multinational corporations and of government entities and provided tax counsel for large investors. In the late 1980s, he worked with the government of the Philippines to reclaim the assets of former president Ferdinand Marcos, who had been overthrown due to corruption. After receiving a law degree, Sherman practiced as an attorney in 1990s and taught classes on tax law at Harvard.

On December 3, 2006, Sherman married Lisa Nicola Kaplan, a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. State Department[1], and the wedding was announced on the Colbert Report. They had their first child, Molly Hannah Sherman, on January 14, 2009[2]. The couple’s second child, Naomi Claire Sherman, was born on February 6, 2010.[3] Sherman is also known for his sense of humor, and he and his mother often make light of his baldness by passing out combs as a campaign prop. On the day of the United States general elections, 2008, he appeared on Ellen, a television show that is recorded within his district. He was placed in a dunk tank and dunked (only halfway) by a ball thrown by Bill Maher, raising $10,000 for charity.

In October 2009, Sherman spoke at the Church of Scientology's reopening in Washington, DC.[4]

Congressional career

Congressman Sherman served on the House Budget Committee, and his 1998 Sherman Amendment greatly increased the amount of federal money set aside for the acquisition of land for environmental rehabilitaion and recreation. Achieving a balanced budget, upholding Social Security and Medicare, and environmentalism are listed as among his top priorities. On June 26, 2008 Sherman voted for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.[5] Sherman was one of 75 members of the House to vote against defunding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, commonly known as ACORN.

Remarks on 2008 financial bailout

During the debate over the Bernanke/Paulson Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Sherman described a "panic atmosphere" of exaggerated predictions about what would happen if the bill was not passed rapidly.

...the only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. That atmosphere is not justified. Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday, that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple thousand the second day. And a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no. That's what I call fear fear-mongering, unjustified, proven wrong. We've got a week, we've got two weeks to write a good bill. The only way to write, to pass a bad bill: keep the panic pressure on."[6]

After conspiracy theorists and various internet bloggers picked up this statement, Sherman's office issued a clarification:

Speaking during the second House debate on the bailout bill, I was describing what I regarded as the increasingly unbelievable things that had been said while the House considered the bailout package – extreme things put forward as reasons why Congress had to pass that bill right away. I urged my colleagues not to take the extreme statements seriously and urged them to defeat the bill. It should be clear from the context of my speech that I did not believe that martial law would be declared under any circumstances and I did not think that such absurd and outlandish comments should cause members to vote for the bill.
I also want to stress that I have no reason to think that any of the leaders in Congress who were involved in negotiating with the Bush Administration regarding the bailout bill ever mentioned the possibility of martial law -- again, that was just an example of extreme and deliberately hyperbolic comments being passed around by members not directly involved in the negotiations.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Conway Collis
Member, California Board of Equalization, 4th District
Succeeded by
John Chiang
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Anthony C. Beilenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Elton Gallegly
Preceded by
Adam Schiff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th congressional district

2003 – present


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